Music: Pride of Europe

Wagner's Götterdämmerung begins with three Norns darkly spinning the fates which are to enmesh the erring gods. Light breaks when their prophecy is told. The swaggering Siegfried enters and after him Brünnhilde in the full ecstasy of love. This moment, important in any performance of Götterdämmerung, was doubly significant last week at Manhattan's Metropolitan Opera House for Brünnhilde was Soprano Elisabeth Ohms making her U. S. début.

In Europe Elisabeth Ohms is regarded as one of the foremost singers of the day. A native of Arnhem, Holland, she began to study singing at 16, was graduated from the Amsterdam Conservatory at 19,...

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